Monday, January 10, 2011

How do you know if your dog training is working?

From the 'let me at him' to 'teach me more'

You know something is working
  • when your husband, as he pets the dog who used to chase his cat up a tree says, "She's so much calmer than she was."
  • when the cat who used to hide now ignores
  • when your son says, "She's kooky, but, she's such a good dog, doesn't really do anything wrong."
  • when people at the park remark, "Wow, your dog is well-behaved."
  • when the dog who flunked her humane society administered temperament test attends a huge social gathering, (the Muscular Dystrophy Association Christmas party) and socializes with children while refining her dog-assisted pain management technique.
  • when everyone uses the word 'adorable' to describe your dog.
It's helpful to look back a bit, and see how far we've come.

I give Ellie the lion's share of the credit. I've really just tried to stay out of her way and help her learn the ropes of socializing with people and animals. The rest is pure Ellie. Thanks girl, for coming into our lives.

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